It's that time of the week again! Time to save your team by adding the latest and greatest from the waiver wire! Keep in mind, every ten games of the MLB season is equivalent to just one game in a NFL season. As we prepare to head into May, we are already seeing solid veterans that were dropped early on, finally finding their way. When it comes to veterans, especially hitters, they aren't going to hit .200 or .400 and you need to play the peaks and valleys. If you are trading, trade 'em while their hot and get 'em while their not!
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We have some new closers for your bullpen, some solid starting pitching that remains available and hitting help from a variety of positions!
Jose Valverde RP Detroit- That didn't take long. Valverde was lurking, still unsigned when the Tigers signed him and gave him the ball in the 9th. There is no reason he won't get 30+ saves the rest of the way, but it won't be without bumps. I like Bruce Rondon and believe Detroit will slowly work him towards the 8th inning role before taking over next season.
Kevin Gregg RP Chicago Cubs- Like Valverde, Gregg was unemployed last week. The Cubs have tried three relievers since the annual Carlos Marmol meltdown and may go back to any of them. For now, Gregg is two-for-two in save opportunities and Chicago will ride the hot hand. Make no mistake, at some point, Marmol will be given another chance.
Edward Mujica RP St.Louis- The Jason Motte injury has created a scramble in the Cards bullpen. Boggs is a disaster, so St.Louis turned to Mujica. So far, he has been lights out and should be a high priority closing on a solid, winning ballclub. I am big on Trevor Rosenthal and believe he will get a shot if he can perfect the setup role.
John Axford RP Milwaukee- The Brewers have their own Carlos Marmol in John Axford. Why is it these guys are terrible closing, then put them in the 7th or 8th inning and they are lights out? Jim Henderson has been getting the job done, but Axford appears poised to be given another opportunity to prove himself.
Patrick Corbin SP Arizona- I am kind of surprised the Corbin remains available in approximately 50% of leagues. Corbin has been solid in every start and was a high level prospect. The confidence the Diamondbacks had in Corbin allowed them to move Trevor Bauer and acquire shortstop Didi Gregorious... more on him below.
Tony Cingrani SP Cincinnati- Like Corbin, Cingrani remains readily available in many leagues and has performed at an elite level thus far. Need strikeouts? This is your man. Cingrani's strong starts have lit a fire under Mike Leake and Cingrani may just stick around in the rotation, even when Johnny Cueto returns from the disabled list.
Ross Detwiler SP Washington- Detwiler may just be the best left handed pitcher in Washington. Yes, Gio Gonzalez fans- Detwiler may be the top southpaw in the District. Detwiler has corrected his delivery, throwing across his body is now less pronounced. When the Nats bullpen gets it together, Detwiler will start piling up wins.
Justin Grimm SP Texas- If you were waiting for Grimm to prove himself twice, wait no longer. Seven shutout innings without issuing a walk is your proof. I jumped on Grimm after his first good start last week after a little research. Grimm was a fourth round pick out of the University of Georgia and fills the spot in the rotation vacated by the injured Matt Harrison.
Lorenzo Cain OF Kansas City- Often time, when we go to the wire we are taking a flyer on a hot player. Cain is my top priority pick of the week and may be a season long fixture in your lineup. Cain is white hot and just scratching the surface and is a superstar in the making in my opinoin. Cain has sufficient power and can run, if he is avialable, get him now!
Mark Ellis 2B LA Dodgers- Ellis is currently banged up, leaving the game Friday night with a strained quad. Over the last week, Ellis is hitting .458 with a pair of home runs and eight RBI. If you need some punch in the middle infield, this is your guy. The 35-year-old Ellis has displayed power in the past, including five consecutive double digit HR seasons with Oakland.
Kyle Seager 3B Seattle- Seager is in the midst of a 15-game hitting streak, hitting .412 with three home runs and eleven RBI over the last two weeks. The 25-year-old Seager was a solid prospect out of UNC, so there is no reason to doubt this will continue. Seager broke out in '12 with 20-86-13 and a .259 batting average. Solid corner man for your lineup.
Devin Mesoraco C Cincinnati- Mesoraco is my favorite catching prospect and I labored through the enitre 2012 season with him on my reserve roster. Thrust into the everyday role due to injury, Mesoraco may never give it up (at least I hope not). Mesoraco was a first round pick and has done everything necessary at the minor league level and is ready for next step.
Pedro Alvarez 3B Pittsburgh- People forget that Alvarez was the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft, three selections before Buster Posey. A pair of upper deck homers on Thursday night caught everyone's attention and he had four on the week. Still hitting only .181 for the season, Alvarez did hit 30 bombs last season to go along with 85 RBI.
Nate McClouth OF Baltimore- Once a nice prospect, McClouth disappeared in recent years, due in part to injury. McClouth entered the '13 campaign as the fourth outfielder, but is playing his way into the every day lineup. McClouth is hitting .343 over the past two weeks, with four RBI and most importantly- five stolen bases. Need speed? This is your man.
Didi Gregorius SS Arizona- I keep reading that this guy can't hit.... but you know what? He keeps raking. Gregorious was beaned on Friday night and had to leave the ballgame, so that bears watching. The slick fielding shortstop has otherwise been torid in his opening week, hitting .407 with a pair of solo shots. A spot in lineup may be secure until Aaron Hill returns.
Steve Lombardozzi INF/OF Washington- A personal favorite of Davey Johnson, the Nats skipper announced that Lombardozzi would be playing everyday moving forward. His value to you comes in the eligibility he will accrue. I expect him to be qualified at everywhere but shortstop, catcher and centerfield in coming weeks.
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